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Poster: Amaolchaleth Date: Apr 3, 2010 10:42am
Forum: texts Subject: Suggestion: Exclude Google Books button?

How about a button for excluding the Google Books collection from one's research? As far as I noticed, there is not even ONE scanned book without errors - especially if they have folded maps, tables etc., which the Google "scanners" continuously seem to ignore. The mass of books scanned by Google and their poor quality remind me somehow on our beloved daily spam mails flooding the mail accounts at work which cost us so much time.

In my view, an "exclude Google Books" button could make research within the Texts archive much more effective. At least one need not change the search settings for every single search ("-sponsor:(google)")...

Regards,

A.

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Apr 3, 2010 1:34pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Suggestion: Exclude Google Books button?

The second best idea of this century, the best being a permanent opt out button.

Whatever, it would greatly upset Google, supposed owners of the Whole Wide World. They might retaliate and NOT list their books with the IA at all.

We can only but dream of the days before Google learnt that there was gold (one day) in them old books that nobody wanted till the IA began getting volunteers to do quality scans before quantity proving and creating a demand for these old texts, videos (Google owns You Tube) and Audio. (I heard Google was looking at old Audio, i,e, Google Audio)

It seems to me they are scanning books flat out, to be the first with the most but not the best. as I have yet to find one worthwhile book from Google.

Is it first to digitise a book, becomes the NEW world wide owner of the book?

This post was modified by Time Traveller on 2010-04-03 20:34:47

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Poster: martyveldman Date: Apr 5, 2010 7:06am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Suggestion: Exclude Google Books button?

Google occasionally does a clean scan but they are few and far between. Even then, their scanner turns over 2 pages instead of 1 thereby missing 2 pages of text. Here is a very good Google scan with no missing pages!
http://www.archive.org/details/turkisheveninge00browgoog

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Apr 5, 2010 12:35pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Suggestion: Exclude Google Books button?

My "I have yet to find one worthwhile book from Google." refers to full download to keep with content that interests me and not bad scans as I have yet to download a text from there, which is why I wanted the opt out. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

But I do often visit Google Books to read on-line Popular Mechanics and Popular Science Magazines.

Its got a feed back button on each page, but how can you report missing pages if they are not there because there is no feed back button for the missing page? The best I can do is report a missing page on a page each side of the actual page. I really hope the Goggle Robot can put two and two together and know there is a missing page in-between.

They are good scans so far for PMM and PSM, I read up to now about 50 magazines, yesterday I came across 12 missing pages, one after the other. It was at the beginning, possibly the original was not set up in the page-turner correctly.

Peter